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Dec 6, 2013 12:00am PST
mandela and himself, to set up the kind of environment that would be most rewarding with his visit for the united states. here and i was charged with the responsibility of leading the demands that were made upon us for the visit here. >> that was the very first time the very that was first time, during that excitement i was able to meet you and befriend you, but let me thatfor all the courage you have seen in your life, a lot of this exhibited by by king and robison, and the two persons you basically sponsored, and brought to the attention of the american for all- out of africa, the courage you have seen in your lifetime, how do you properly contextualize the courage he had to stay in prison during those 27 years when you know that if he had struck a deal here or there, he could have gotten out sooner. how do you describe that kind of courage -- >> it is not easy to contextualize that. commodity,h a rare this is such a divine existence, that he revealed. as power and his current was great instruction to the rest of us, who were thinking of ways in which to relieve ourselves from op
Dec 3, 2013 12:00am PST
environment, and we were doing something that was not kosher. i understand it that way. we caught hell at home for doing this. much leisure. the reason i wanted to become an organ player is because i heard -- lay. it just struck me that was what i wanted to do with my life. that was the instrument i gravitated to. that is how i wound up sitting at that instrument trying to find a way to sound like ray charles. tavis: every instrument has its own voice, but there is something about that instrument that resonates. how would you describe how the oregon -- how the organ speaks o us? >> you can try to make that thing thing. unlike a piano. in a few seconds the sound is going to die down unless you strike it again. once you strike an organ, it is going to stay with you until you make it louder or softer or let it go. it is a little like a human voice, so you can put human characteristic with it. tavis: how would you incorporate it with the rest of your body of work? this fits in how? >> this is something of a 360 to me. it was my return to stax records. music is music that would have been ma
Dec 4, 2013 12:00am PST
. it is the pyramid of hate. we have to interrupt that cycle and let kids grew up in an environment in which they feel thereabout, save, where is no bullying, no name-calling, no humiliation, because if we don't the culture becomes one that injures them, and some of the kids feel so bad about themselves they will get depressed and hurt themselves, and others will turn around and try to hurt others. we need to have a society that cares about others, not just the kids problems. tavis: over the next five years, going tonow, we are celebrate, commemorate a number of seminal moment in american history. you were around for. not just around four, but you were there. you were integral to it, so you weren't there 150 years ago at the emancipation rock imation signing, but that was 150 years proclamationpation signing, but that was 150 years ago. then 50 years since the civil rights act. the next five years are going to be full of these anniversaries. >> than the anniversary on selma . >> i am only raising that to arc people the view of the of what happened 150 years ago that we are going to be commemorating ov
Dec 7, 2013 12:00am PST
have faith in my can i have faith in myself. tavis: did you do it in this environment in a lyrical standpoint? >> if it was the same set of, age wise, demographics for the fan base, yes, we could do it. >> i feel where you are coming from. the reason why, together, as a writing team, we are phenomenal. 95% of those songs, we wrote most of those songs together. and those songs are a reflection of who we were and what was going on at the time. so to bring it now and us living in the times, i believe we can still do it. >> in today's lyrical climate, i think we could still survive. we would never come from a misogynistic point of view. we would never advocate gun violence. tavis: there go your sales. [laughter] >> before always want to have a good time. >> if it sounds good and it feels good, they are going to do it. >> this new music, we are partying still, but there's more to life than popping bottles. the social relevance, we have to express what is going on in the world today because this is a crazy world. >> i think we would segue. we sounded good and we know how to write songs a
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